Horner: We talk to Norris, he signs with McLaren the next day

Horner: We talk to Norris, he signs with McLaren the next day

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted there were some talks with Lando Norris that didn’t go further as the Briton would end up renewing his contract with McLaren.

Lando Norris has a lucrative contract with McLaren that goes up to 2025, the young Briton set to make in the excess of $25-Million per season.

However, it emerged that during negotiations with McLaren, the Formula 1 star has had some talks with other teams, Red Bull being one of this teams.

Although he confirmed talks with other, Norris insisted they were not serious; he claimed: “It’s more just I was coming to the end of my contract, and it wasn’t like we [Red Bull and I] were talking heavily.

“I literally said, it was just, everyone always tries to speak to all teams at some point, so I spoke to them, I spoke to a few other people.

Just keeping in touch

“A chat’s a chat, it’s not like, ‘what we can do straight away?’ Just keeping in touch, things like that, it’s as simple as that sometimes,” he insisted.

“It was just coming to the end of the contract, you see what options are available, you just kind of find out what’s possible, what might be possible over the next few years.

“It wasn’t just Red Bull,” Norris revealed. “Every driver has chats with a lot of the different teams on what could happen, and it’s as simple as that basically.”

Christian Horner was asked to comment about Norris’ statement, and the Red Bull boss confirmed talks that did not last for long as Norris would always end up at McLaren.

“We’ve talked to Lando a couple of times over the years,” Horner said, “but every time we’ve had a conversation, he’s signed a contract with McLaren the next day,”

“He’s on a long-term contract with McLaren and it looks like he’s going to be there a few more years,” the Red Bull boss maintained.